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Eudarcia pagenstecherella (Hübner, 1825)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Tinea pagenstecherella Hübner, 1825
Type locality: None given
Type: Not designated

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Tinea vinctella Herrich-Schäffer, 1850.
Tinea vinculella Zeller, 1852.
Tinea pagenstecherella Heyden, 1861.
Tinea pachyceras Walsingham, 1900.


: Salzburg, city of Salzburg, Kühberg, e.l. 1996.07.06, leg. Kurz & Kurz, coll. Michael Kurz : Salzburg, city of Salzburg, Kühberg, e.l. 1996.07.14, leg. Kurz & Kurz, coll. Michael Kurz    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 3 , 5 . Forewing length: 3.7-4.1 mm, 3.5-4.2 mm. Vestiture of hair-like scales on the head distant, pale ochreous; labial palpi very short, divergent, outside black-brown, inner side ochreous; antennae filiform, ringed light-dark, somewhat inflated in , like in nearly 9/10 of forewing length; thorax and tegulae black-brown, bronzy golden shining; forewings black-brown, bronzy golden shining, with shining white markings: At about 1/4 an outwardly oblique fascia across the whole wing width towards inner margin, narrow to moderately broad, medially sometimes broken; at more than 1/2 an elongate triangular spot at costa across about 1/3 of wing width, sometimes also shorter and more roundish; opposite at inner margin, but outwardly displaced nearly into tornus, a similar, but mostly smaller spot, emanating into fringe; at more than 4/5 another similar spot at costa, mostly somewhat smaller and broader than spot at 1/2; fringe black-brown, bronzy golden shining, at apex and along upper part of outer margin white distally; hindwings grey-brown, bronzy golden to coppery shining; fringe likewise; underside grey-brown, markings of upper side only faintly indicated, intensively coppery shining; legs beige, intensively coppery shining, tibiae mostly black-brown, tarsi ringed dark and light; foretibia without epiphysis; midtibia with a pair of spurs of unequal length at distal end; hindtibia with a long tuft of hair-like scales and a pair of spurs of unequal length each at about 0.3 of tibial length and at distal end; abdomen beige to brown-grey, intensivley bronzy golden shining.


So far, the species is known only from central Europa, records for Romania are doubtful (anonymous 2011, Dubatolov 2011, Hodges et al. 1983, Karsholt & Nieukerken 2011). The vertical distribution is documented so far from 500 - 820 m a.s.l., but undoubtedly the species can be found also in the lowlands (Kurz & Kurz 2011).


The imagines live very hidden and are not frequent flyers. Probably, they can be found at the same places like the early stages. These are rocks, covered with moss and lichen on carbonate ground in shady conditions. Mostly, these biotops are in woodland surroundings. The imagines are found in June and July in one generation, larvae overwinter and feed until May or early June (Kurz & Kurz 2011).

Worth knowing:


anonymous 2011a. An Identification Guide of Japanese Moths Compiled by Everyone. URL: http://www.jpmoth.org [online 27 April 2011].
Dubatolov, V. V. 2011. Collection of Siberian Zoological Museum: Tineidae. http://szmn.sbras.ru/Lepidop/Incurvar.htm [online 27 April 2011].
Hodges, R. W. et al. 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. E. W. Classey, London, UK. Updated by Jean-François Landry, Don Lafontaine and Jim Troubridge [available on http://www.lepbarcoding.org/cl_nth_am.php]
Hübner, J. 1816–1826 ["1816"] b. Verzeichniß bekannter Schmettlinge [sic]: 1–431 + [1]–2–72. Augsburg.
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2011. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 27 April 2011].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2011.04.27
Kurz Michael: 2014.06.17
Kurz Michael: 2020.02.17
not reviewed